Why are long-distance relationships so difficult?

Distance may not make your relationship any harder, but it will make it different. Two difficult things that couples face in a long-distance relationship are lack of physical intimacy and mistrust. A lack of physical intimacy can lead to cheating, and a lack of clear communication can lead to jealousy. Whether it's a two-hour trip or a state of distance, LDRs require effort and dedication, and they're not for the faint of heart.

The most common struggles in a long-distance relationship are lack of communication and lack of physical intimacy. It's hard to make your long-distance relationship work if you can't express your thoughts, feelings and listen to each other. To cope with the lack of physical intimacy, you can schedule regular visits and romantic trips together. Anyone who has been in a long-distance relationship can attest to the underlying heartache of being separated from the one you love.

Some long-distance relationships (also known as LDR) start in person, then have to transition to long-distance because of family, school, or work obligations, while other relationships start as long-distance when people meet online or in passing and start a relationship from different parts of the world. Your relationship will be stronger in the long run if you finish what you started and end it well. One of the reasons why couples feel that long-distance relationships are difficult is because they try to have a romantic relationship with someone who isn't there all the time. There is no doubt that you will have days when your long-distance relationship seems especially difficult.

Regardless of the reason why you and your partner are estranged, it's important to recognize that LDRs come with a unique set of challenges that need to be considered and addressed throughout the course of your long-distance relationship. Regular relationships can be difficult to manage, and long-distance relationships can often be even harder. No matter how much you love each other, there's probably a part of you wondering how or if your relationship will survive the long distance between you. Again, people have a hard time doing this in regular relationships and believe it or not, distance doesn't make things easier.

Long distance is not the permanent stage for any relationship, so know that there will eventually be an end to the distance and try to focus on maintaining your connection even when you are not physically together. A long-distance relationship can be difficult when you are away from your romantic partner for a long time. Setting boundaries will ensure that both you and your partner are on the same page about what is and what is not acceptable in your relationship so that you can be respectful of each other and the relationship. While it is true that you can maintain a long-distance relationship for a long time, it doesn't make it a healthy or successful relationship.

Constance Thuringer
Constance Thuringer

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